CURIOUS TIMES JAN. 21 EDITION 

ISN'T YETI HIBERNATING RIGHT NOW?

This year's first (and probably only) expedition to find the elusive Yeti began last week as an international team of mountain climbers, explorers and cryptozoologists were dropped by helicopter in Nepal's Himalayan mountains. The crew will spend two weeks shooting a film of the treasure hunt in a spot about 9,000 feet up the mountains where a Japanese mountain climber snapped pictures of what might be the Yeti's footprints last October. (cryptomundo.com)

IS THAT LOVE OR LUST THAT YOU'RE STUDYING?

A sex researcher in Italy has discovered that testosterone levels in men and women tend to equal out when they fall in love. Donatella Marazziti, a scientist at the University of Pisa, found that when couples fall in love, men's testosterone levels begin to decrease while love-struck women get an extra surge of the hormone. But alas, love doesn't last very long. A follow-up study carried out two years later found that all the subjects' testosterone levels were back to normal. (newsmedical.net)

I THINK, THEREFORE I AM ... FAT

OK, you now have one more excuse for being fat. Research carried out at the Universite Laval in Quebec has discovered that thinking too much will make you consume more calories. The study compared students at rest to students who were asked to perform intellectual tasks and discovered that those who were forced to do some thinking consumed between 23.6 and 29.4 percent more calories than those who just zoned out. (The Telegraph)

ANOTHER REASON TO LOVE YOUR PARENTS

The next time you're feeling sorry for yourself, google the list of "Top 10 Bizarre Medical Anomalies" and thank the gods you weren't born with one of these conditions. If you're not too squeamish, you can head over to listverse.com and check out the unappetizing photographs of freaky genetic glitches such as diprosopus (face duplicated on the head), fetus in fetu (your twin growing inside your body), proteus syndrome (made famous by the Elephant Man) and Hutchinson-Gilford Pregeria Syndrome (extreme premature aging).

ANOTHER REASON TO LOVE YOUR PARENTS, PART 2

The worst parent of 2009 competition is off to a flying start with news out of Greenfield, Calif., where a 36-year-old man has been arrested for trying to sell his daughter for $16,000 and 100 cases of Corona. He might have gotten away with it too if only he hadn't tried to file a police complaint when the man who bought his 14-year-old daughter didn't pay his debt. Instead of helping the man get his daughter back, the police arrested both him and the man who didn't pay his debt, who was charged on suspicion of statutory rape. (NBC)

BECAUSE POLITICIANS ARE USED TO PAYING FOR SEX

Since the United States government is giving away free money, Larry Flynt has headed to Washington, D.C., to ask for a $5-billion bailout for America's porn industry. "People are too depressed to be sexually active," explained Flynt. "This is very unhealthy as a nation. Americans can do without cars and such, but they cannot do without sex." (CNN)

HAPPY WORDSDAY

According to the language dorks from the Global Language Monitor in Austin, Texas, the English language will acquire its 1 millionth word on or about April 29, 2009. While this is only one word per 1,350 of the world's 1.35 billion English speakers, it's actually an embarrassment of riches when you consider that the average college-educated native North American only knows around 20,000 words. (The Economist)

NOW LIFE IS MEANINGLESS

Some nut in England has finally solved his Rubik's Cube after working on it for the past 26 years. "I cannot tell you what a relief it was to finally solve it," said Graham Parker, 45. "It has driven me mad over the years—it felt like it had taken over my life ... When I clicked that last bit into place and each face was a solid color, I wept." (Metro UK)

I-READ-IT-ON-THE-INTERNET-SO-IT-MUST-BE-TRUE FACT OF THE WEEK

A snail can sleep for three years.

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